The Exam

Perhaps the most important reason for regular veterinary visits, and a mainstay of preventive medicine, is the physical exam.  Cats are notorious for their ability to hide disease symptoms, and often appear normal until the disease is very advanced.  A thorough physical evaluation of your cat, in conjunction with a review of its history and behavior, can often detect a problem as it is beginning and is more easily (and inexpensively) managed.  This is especially true when combined with bloodwork, imaging, and other diagnostics if indicated.  These ancillary tests become more important as your cat ages.

As an aid in providing them with the best comprehensive health care, physical exams are recommended annually for cats under 7 years of age, then every 6 months for older pets.